Macatoo Camp is owned and operated by African Horseback Safaris. As the company’s name suggests, this is primarily a horse-riding camp, but other activities are available too. All the guides have ample experience, so you’re in safe hands here! The accommodation is booked on a full-board basis, including all meals, a selection of alcoholic and soft drinks, riding, and non-riding activities. The camp is open throughout the year. Children of all ages are welcome, but there’s a minimum age requirement for rides – 12 years.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
The camp is accessed via game drive or boat trip transfer from the local airstrip. It’s situated on a palm-fringed island facing a beautiful lagoon, with a backdrop of vast open plains, woodlands, and narrow waterways.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES AT MACATOO CAMP:
Guest accommodation consists of eight tents, all blending beautifully with the bushscape landscape. Each is elevated above ground level on wooden decking. A narrow ramp leads up onto the deck, where you’ll find sunloungers, a small table, and breathtaking views of floodplains and woodlands! Each standard-size tent offers a double bed or twin beds, bedside tables and lighting, and storage space for all your belongings. The en-suite facilities are set up at the back of the tent, and they comprise flush toilet, washbasin within a vanity unit, and shower. The honeymoon tent has an extra deck for private dining, in addition to a raised double bathtub, also with lovely views. And the family tent, which is suitable for small groups too, is effectively two standard-size tents linked via an elevated walkway.
The mess tent at Macatoo Camp is approached from the guest tents along brightly lit tracks. It’s a large canvas structure with shiny wooden floors. The lounge area features comfortable leather sofas and armchairs around a central coffee table, amidst a few wildlife sculptures and some interesting artwork. On the opposite side of the tent, there’s the dining space complete with bar, offering communal dining. Guests often eat al fresco, for example on the camp’s main deck. In front of the mess tent, there’s a (generously proportioned) fire-pit, providing the perfect place for getting to know your fellow travellers and sharing safari stories! Finally, just a short distance away, there’s the camp’s inviting swimming pool, with comfy sunbeds alongside. It entices not only humans, but baboons too, and big species such as elephants and giraffes often pass by.
ACTIVITIES AT MACATOO CAMP:
The camp offers a great range of things to do, in addition to horse riding. Please note, the availability of mokoro excursions depends on water levels during your stay.
Horse-riding safaris- This is the reason for choosing Macatoo rather than any other camp in the Okavango Delta. The delta’s western region is home to a wealth of wildlife, not least four of the Big Five – lion, leopard, elephant, and buffalo. It’s particularly good for plains game, especially giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, and antelopes. As these species are less afraid of people on horseback than they are of safari vehicles, riders can sometimes enjoy the extraordinary experience of cantering alongside whole herds of herbivores!
Expertly guided game drives- Vehicle safaris might not be the main attraction here, but they’re of high quality nevertheless. Drives take place during mornings and afternoons, and the expertise of the camp’s guides guarantees some superb sightings.
Walking safaris- Walks are also enjoyed in the presence of a knowledgeable and experienced guide. They’re highly recommended for anyone interested in observing the delta’s plants, insects, and birdlife. There are hundreds of feathery friends here, and green season sees the arrival of many migrant species!
Mokoro excursions- A mokoro is a dug-out canoe. Taking a trip along the delta’s waterways in this form of transport involves opportunities for close encounters with hippos, various amphibians, and waterbirds. As the mokoro doesn’t have a motor, you can focus your attention on the sounds as well as the sights of the wildlife.
Sleep-outs- Macatoo has a tree platform, located a quick drive from camp. Here, guests can enjoy picnics and sleep-outs, drifting off under a canopy of stars!